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Major Peewee AA
Gloucester Rangers riding seven game unbeaten streak into post season
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Tyler Villeneuve carries the puck across the blueline during the Gloucester Rangers 4-1 win over the Cumberland Jr. Grads on Monday night. Fred Sherwin/Photo


 

The Gloucester Rangers Major Peewee AA team wrapped up their regular season schedule Monday night with a 4-2 win over the Cumberland Jr. Grads..

The win was their 26th of the season, tying them with the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven Minor Peewee AA squad for the most regular season wins in the Ontario East Minor Hockey League.

The Rangers clinched first place on Jan. 21 when they beat their nearest rivals, the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven by a score of 4-2.

With one banner under their belts, the Rangers have their sights set on the leaguie championship and a berth in the All-Ontario Championships in late March. But first they have to make it through the playoffs unscathed.

Head coach Peter Nooyen says he's not worried about a possible post season let down, or over confidence heading into the quarterfinals against the Rideau St. Lawrence Kings, who have only won nine games compared to 27 for the Rangers.

"This is the best group of kids I've coached," Nooyen said after the Jr. Grads game. "They have a tremendous work ethic. They're super motivated and they want to win. They're also extremely skilled."

The Rangers' skill was evident during their game against the Jr. Grads, in which they outshot Cumberland 49-15. They're extremely quick and they cover the ice exceptionally well. They also have several snipers on their roster and solid goaltending.

Darcy Walsh, Nick Mchugh and Michael Armstrong have each scored at least 20 goals or more, and Declan Hilton has 19. Four other players have at least 13 goals, giving them the ability to roll three lines without diminishing their offensive capabilities.

Perhaps more impressive than the fact they've averaged over five goals a game this season, is the fact that they've allowed fewer than 1.5 goals agame. In fact, they managed to register the top goal differential in the entire OEMHL a the A or AA level with a +120. The next best goal differential is +109 registered by the aforementioned Minor Peewee AA Silver Seven.

The Rangers goaltending duties are shared by Alex Zoutis and Jean-Sebastien Gratton who have 11 shutouts between them. Eight of those goose eggs belongs to Zoutis which is second to only in the OEMHL to Kyle Renaud who has nine with the Minor Peewee A Silver Seven.

The Rangers have plenty of big game experience, as well, heading into the playoffs. They were 2-2 at the International Silver Stick Tournament in Port Huron, Michigan playing in the AAA division, and they were 1-2-1 at the Bauer Challenge Cup in Toronto over the holidays which brings together 20 of the best AAA peewee teams in Ontario and the U.S.A.

According to Nooyen, the team is currently ranked fifth in the province, a position they want to improve upon should they make it to the All-Ontario Championships.

Cumberland Jr. Grads goalie Danny Thibodeau had to be on his toes during a scramble in front of his net on Monday night. The Jr. Grads came out on the wrong end of a 4-2 final against the Gloucester Rangers in what was the last regular season game for both teams. Fred Sherwin/Photo

 

(Posted 7:30 a.m., Feb. 6)

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